Raymond S. Ehrman
EHRMAN: We want to express our gratitude for our loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and as a son for the devotion, commitment and love shown to our family. Raymond S. Ehrman formerly of Squirrel Hill and Ross Township died on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the age of 100. Ray, the son of Raymond S. Ehrman and Grace Ehrman was born in 1915 at the Presbyterian Hospital, then on the North Side. When he was three days old he became the youngest baby in the Presbyterian Hospital to have received a blood infusion to that date. He graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School and then the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Business Administration, as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Pi Lambda Phi. Ray became a CPA in 1940 and continued in the accounting practice for over 60 years. In 1971 he was elected president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPA’s. During the 1960’s he was active in the coal industry and became p[resident of the National Fuel Credit Association, headquartered in Chicago. He was also president of the Pittsburgh Jaycees and was chosen that year’s most outstanding president in Pennsylvania while the Pittsburgh chapter was selected the best chapter in the state and chosen in the top 10 nationally. Ray served as the Earned Income Tax Collector for the Chartiers Valley School District from 1960 to 1964 and was an elected auditor for Ross Township for three terms. In 1965 Ray opened his office for the practice of public accounting and became the Pittsburgh partner of the regional accounting firm of Adler and Company. The partnership merged into the national firm, JK Lasser & Company that subsequently merged into Deloitte and Touche. After retiring from Deloitte in 1984 he served as the controller and member of the board at the Civic Light Opera until 1990. For the next 10 years he continued an active tax practice with his son Philip. Ray was active in Pitt alumni circles serving on Alumni Council and for a year was president of the Pitt Business Administration Alumni Association. Ray was a member of the Masonic Lodge (231) and the Syria Temple. Ray was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and was transferred into the newly separated U.S. Air Force. He served in the 8th and 9th Air Forces in both England and Germany for four years and was attached to the 56th fighter group. He was discharged as a technical sergeant, 5 striper, and chief clerk of a finance office. While in service he met his future bride, Dolly McIlree of Scotland and was married in 1945 in Glasgow, Scotland. Ray and Dolly were married for over 70 years and have 3 children: James Ehrman (Nancy) of Bridgeville; Victoria Al-Ebrahim (Paul Rehwald) of Squirrel Hill; and Philip Ehrman (Barbara) of the South Side. They also have eight grandchildren: Thari, Dana, Bibi, Tracy, Benjamin, Alex, Kyle and Brennan, along with three great grandchildren, Lulu, Laith and Sami. Ray was very interested in stamp collecting, autograph collecting, genealogy and travel. He had been on all continents, except Australia, and in 48 states of the U.S. plus 23 countries. Services were held at Rodef Shalom Congregation. Interment West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. Contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, the American Alzheimer’s Association, NAMI, or other organization of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc.